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Economy must serve life not profits, says Brazilian primate

Posted on: October 20th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments


By André Forget


Anglican Episcopal Primate of Brazil Francisco de Assis da Silva meets with Canadian Primate Fred Hiltz in Toronto.


Francisco de Assis da Silva, Primate of Brazil and Bishop of South-Western Brazil, is in Canada this month to speak to the Synod of the Diocese of Ontario about the Church’s role in transforming the world. While visiting Toronto, he shared some of his insights about the mission of the church in the world today.

The primate has a number of connections to the diocese of Ontario. Not only was his home diocese of South-Western Brazil a companion diocese with Ontario during the time of his predecessor, Da Silva is also a friend of Ontario’s Bishop Michael Oulton, whom he met at the Canterbury course for new bishops. “Despite not having a formal companionship agreement,” da Silva said, “we are very, very close dioceses.”

But it was not just friendship that brought da Silva to Canada. When asked why he was asked to speak to synod, da Silva said “I think that when the bishop invited me, he was looking for a contribution from someone outside the country, and with the experience working with agencies and ecumenical organizations that are working with human rights, and environmental issues; to say that as church we can transform the world.”

For the primate, transforming the world is a key part of the Church’s mission. “Every community in our church is challenged to have a clear kind of interaction with the social context. This is part of our witness as church. We are not church to be a place to come Sunday to celebrate the eucharist and shake hands between members and sing and have a good preaching – the church goes beyond that.”

Da Silva spoke passionately of his conviction that the witness of the church cannot be divorced from its service in the world. “I think that from the context of the Anglican Church in Brazil, our church there is living a very insightful moment by taking seriously our commitment to justice, dignity, and peace,” he said. “We live in a context that was culturally conditioned by gender violence, by economic and social exclusion, and also by an appropriative way of exploiting creation.”

Da Silva knows of what he speaks. In addition to his work with the Anglican Church, he is also vice-moderator of Act Alliance, an ecumenical coalition of churches and affiliated organizations that works against poverty and marginalization worldwide of which the Canadian Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund is a member.

His analysis of the problems facing the world is one shaped by his work with those who have been excluded from economic prosperity. Speaking of the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis, he noted that “one trillion U.S. dollars could offer adequate help in the overcoming of poverty. But we have spent three trillion U.S. dollars to save interests, to save the salaries of high executives of banks. Something is wrong!” He went on to argue that “we need to address the crux of the problem – to make our system work for life, and not for profits. The economy exists to improve life, not the other way around.”

Da Silva’s comments speak to a growing reality. Recent data suggests that income inequality is a growing problem worldwide to the extent that in 2014 the World Economic Forum singled it out as one of the 10 global risks of highest concern. Brazil, especially, suffers from income disparity that the World Bank has called “excessive.”

And while the primate laughingly described himself at one point as being “very radical sometimes,” his passion for social justice seems closely tied to his faith. “We are citizens,” he said, “and as citizens, we need to witness our faith. And that is a faith committed to a different world in terms of justice, peace, and care of creation.”


Anglican Journal News, October 20, 2014

M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE dies

Posted on: October 18th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments


M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE

August 28, 1945 – October 17, 2014

With great sadness, the SSJE community announces that our brother Tom Shaw died on October 17 at SSJE’s Emery House, in the care of his Brothers.  Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE’s Superior, said, “Our brother Tom said during his last days he was so very, very thankful for the life God had given him: for the many wonderful people he had met, for the opportunities and challenges he had faced, and for the amazing grace he had experienced throughout his life.”

Br. Tom was diagnosed with brain cancer in May 2013 and continued active in his role as Bishop of Massachusetts until his retirement on September 13, 2014. He came to SSJE in 1975, having previously served as a parish priest. He served as the Superior of the SSJE community from 1982 until 1992. In September 1994 he was consecrated Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. Br. Tom was a man of deep prayer, a charismatic figure who connected easily with young and old alike, and an effective leader who helped shape SSJE’s life and ministry. He was known for his sometimes-mischievous sense of humor, his tenacious courage, and his passion to serve Jesus, both among the privileged and the poor.


Society of St John the Evangelist (SSJE) e-mail, October 17, 2014

Canadian brings bridge-building skills to Communion

Posted on: October 16th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments

By André Forget


John Gibaut, current Director of the World Council of Churches Commission on Faith and Order, will replace Alyson Barnett-Cowan as Director of Unity, Faith and Order in the Anglican Communion. Photo: Bruce Myers ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

In March, Canadian ecumenist Canon John Gibaut will step into a new role as the director of Unity, Faith and Order of the Anglican Communion. Leaders in the Anglican Church of Canada have expressed their excitement about Gibaut’s new position, stressing his skills and extensive experience in ecumenical work and noting that his appointment highlights gifts that Canadians bring to the broader church.

Gibaut is currently serving as Director of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on Faith and Order and has spent the past seven years doing ecumenical work in Geneva, during which time he was the principle editor of the groundbreaking WCC paper The Church: Towards a Common Vision in 2013. He replaces current director Alyson Barnett-Cowan, also a Canadian, who has been in the position since 2009.

Commenting on the Gibaut’s appointment, announced on Oct. 9, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada was ebullient. “John is going to bring all of that experience of having been at the WCC … I think that the Communion was very well served by Alyson Barnett-Cowan, and to have John Gibaut coming behind her, I think it’s going to be a pretty smooth transition.”

The department of Unity, Faith and Order is responsible for promoting and participating in dialogue with other denominations and expressions of Christianity, and in recent years it has also come to deal with some of the internal tensions inside the Anglican Communion.

Archdeacon Bruce Myers, co-ordinator for ecumenical relations for the Anglican Church of Canada’s General Synod, pointed to Gibaut’s skills as a bridge-builder as being a key asset he will bring to the position. “I think John is incredibly well-suited to step into that role for all sorts of reasons. He’s just spent the last seven years as an agent of reconciliation within the ecumenical movement, working with literally dozens of different churches and expressions of Christianity on issues of trying to find theological solutions to some of our historical divisions.”

Gibaut’s own understanding of his role as an ecumenist is one rooted in his faith in the idea of Church as communion. Speaking to the Anglican Journal about the importance of dialogue in the life of the Church, he stressed the relationship between communion and unity. “This is the witness that the world needs. Communion is a gift by which the Church lives, but at the same time it is the gift that God calls it to offer to a divided and wounded humanity. So you and I can disagree sharply on an issue … but still, I am in Communion with you, and nothing can shake that. That is the witness that the world needs today from the Church.”

Interestingly, Gibaut is the fourth Canadian to hold the position in the past 25 years. When asked if there was a special significance to this fact, Hiltz noted that within the Anglican Communion Canadians have always had a reputation for being good conversation partners. “They are known for their commitment to what I would call the fullness of ecumenism, that is, not just the faith and order stuff around ecumenism but the social justice stuff associated with ecumenism and being able to work together.”

Myers also believes that the number of Canadians is significant. “Four out of five tends to suggest that it’s more than just a coincidence. There’s something that the Canadian church has a particular charism or vocation for within the wider communion when it comes to working for reconciliation, not just with other communions and churches in the world but within our own Anglican communion.”

Gibaut’s nuanced understanding of communion will certainly be important for the global Anglican Church, which continues to struggle with the question of how Christians who disagree on certain theological issues should relate to each other. But as Hiltz noted, Gibaut is prepared for the challenges of the position. “He’s coming in with eyes wide open, and he’s bringing a brilliant mind and a huge heart for the communion. And I think we’re going to be incredibly well served.” ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Anglican Journal News, October 16, 2014

Canadian ecumenist heads to Anglican Communion

Posted on: October 14th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments

By Anglican Communion News Service


Canon John Gibaut (left), pictured here with Pope Francis, is well-known in ecumenical circles. Photo: Courtesy of John Gibaut/ACNS

The Revd Canon Dr John Gibaut has been appointed to succeed the Revd Canon Dr Alyson Barnett-Cowan in March as Director for Unity, Faith and Order of the Anglican Communion.

Canon Gibaut is currently the Director of the World Council of Churches’ Commission on Faith and Order based in Geneva Switzerland. Faith and Order is the theological commission that resolves issues of Christian disunity, and promotes a vision of the Church as a communion of unity in diversty.

A priest and canon theologian of the Diocese of Ottawa, Anglican Church of Canada, Canon Gibaut is currently an assistant priest of Eglise St-Germain, Geneva, église catholique-chrétienne (Old Catholic Diocese of Switzerland). Previously to his appointment to the WCC position, he was a professor at Faculty of Theology, Saint Paul University, Ottawa. Here he taught in the areas of ecumenism, liturgy, church history, historical theology, homiletics, and Anglican studies. Canon Gibaut has also served at Toronto’s St James’s Cathedral and St Clement’s Mission Centre in the Diocese of Quebec.

Well known in ecumenical circles, the 55-year-old Canadian has served on several national and international dialogues and commissions including the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue, the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations, and the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order.

Responding to his appointment, Canon Gibaut said, “I am excited to take up the post of Director of Unity, Faith and Order of the Anglican Communion, and to continue the fine work undertaken by Alyson Barnett-Cowan and her predecessors in this office. “The Anglican Communion has a robust tradition of ecumenical engagement that has contributed so much to the unity of the Church, including the World Council of Churches. It is a particular privilege for me to bring to the Anglican Communion the experience that I have gained during the past seven years working at the World Council of Churches and its Commission on Faith and Order. “I look forward to accompanying the Anglican Communion, as together we rediscover and proclaim a compelling vision of Communion as the gift by which the Church lives, and at the same time, the gift that God calls the Church to offer to a wounded and divided humanity.”

Secretary General of the Anglican Communion Canon Kenneth Kearon welcomed the appointment, “There are few more important positions in the Anglican Communion than that of Director for Unity, Faith and Order, a role which supports and enables our relationships with other Christian churches and communions, our ecumenical dialogues, and our internal conversations about our faith. “In Canon Gibaut we will have someone of immense experience, ability and wisdom to lead us. I am truly delighted he has accepted this position, and wish him and his wife Terri every blessing as they prepare for this transition to London and the Anglican Communion Office.”


Anglican Journal News, October 10, 2014

Anglican theologian Bishop Stephen Sykes dies

Posted on: October 13th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments

Bishop Stephen Sykes, had “a career of considerable academic distinction” ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Right Reverend Stephen Sykes, who has died aged 75, was Bishop of Ely from 1990 to 1999 and one of the most distinguished prelates of his time. His tenure was, however, a comparatively brief interlude in a career of considerable academic distinction: he moved to Ely from the Regius chair of Divinity at Cambridge, and before that held the Van Mildert chair of Divinity at Durham.

Sykes belonged firmly to the Church of England’s liberal wing before this had been overtaken by the rise of Evangelicalism and the often bitter divisions over the issue of women priests and bishops. He was a powerful defender of the historic Anglican tradition of equal regard for Scripture, Tradition and Reason in the defining of faith. A prolific writer, he published The Integrity of Anglicanism (1978), Unashamed Anglicanism (1985) and The Study of Anglicanism (1988), which remain standard texts.

Yet he recognised the importance of other traditions, and was an authority on the work of the notable Swiss theologian Karl Barth. He edited two valuable volumes of essays, Karl Barth: Studies in Theological Method (1980) and Karl Barth Centenary Essays (1989). Another collection of essays, England and Germany: Studies in Theological Diplomacy (1982), confirmed the breadth of his outlook.


Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS), October 10, 2014

‘Astounding’ response to residential school ballet

Posted on: October 13th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments


By André Forget


Gordon (Liang Xing) and Annie (Sophia Lee) support each other in facing the painful history of Canada’s residential schools in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation. Photo: Samanta Katz

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s (RWB) production of Going Home Star—Truth and Reconciliation, which ran Oct. 1 to 5 and opened the ballet’s 75th season, has had reviewers scrambling for adjectives. The Winnipeg Free Press’s Holly Harris suggested that it “marks a significant turning point” that “ensures the RWB’s own place in dance history.” Paula Citron of the Globe and Mail said of Christos Hatzis’s score that it “may be the best ballet composition ever created in Canada.” Writing for the CBC, Robert Enright said it was an “unqualified success” and suggested that it “may be the most important dance mounted by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in its illustrious 75-year history.”

The accolades, it would seem, are richly deserved: the ballet, about the path to healing followed by a residential school survivor, is not only long, complex and rich, but is also a significant milestone in Canadian art. While this is not the RWB’s first production to explore the stories of indigenous peoples—The Ecstasy of Rita Joe in 1971 looked at the tragic experience of a young woman who leaves the reservation for the city—Going Home Star is the first to portray the abuse suffered by many who went through the residential school system.

Despite the difficulty of the subject matter, the RWB’s artistic director, André Lewis, said the response “has been absolutely astounding.” For the performers as well as the audience, it has proved to be an extremely powerful work, Lewis noted. “Some people were emotional, especially Wednesday night; some of the dancers were…not traumatized, but emotionally impacted by what they had just done.” He believes this emotional impact came from the show’s relevance. As he put it, “it’s an event, in a way, of great significance that is relevant to today. A lot of the time we portray a fantasy world, but this ain’t fantasy. It’s a reality.”

Some audience members interviewed by the Anglican Journal were likewise impressed. The national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Susan Johnson, was particularly moved by the sensitive way in which the story was portrayed. “I think they were very brave in some of the things they showed in a very tasteful way, including rape. But they didn’t try to whitewash the experience.”

Melanie Kampen, a theology scholar who specializes in indigenous-settler relations, agreed, adding that “especially if you have residential school survivors in the audience, to be able to tell truth about what happened but not in a way that would retrigger people—or at least try not to retrigger people—is really good.”

Its special capacity for this kind of sensitivity, Lewis argued, is part of what makes ballet so powerful. “You can portray certain situations, certain emotions, without having to be descriptive as far as words are concerned…It impacts people.”

Michael Kannon, a programmer, writer and activist from the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation who has been involved with the indigenous rights movement Idle No More, stressed how important the show was as an opportunity for survivors to meet and support each other. “We knew we were a bit different than the ballet regulars and we smiled at them gladly. We stopped and talked to several residential school survivors throughout the evening. I could see they had an instant bond with each other even if they were just introduced. They needed love and kindness from each other…That, too, was beautiful.”


Anglican Journal News, October 8, 2014

Primates to decide on Lambeth 2018

Posted on: October 6th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments


By Anglican Journal staff


Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says a decision about the 2018 Lambeth conference will be made once he has visited all provinces of the Anglican Communion by the end of the year. Photo: Lambeth Palace


In an interview with the Church of Ireland Gazette on Oct. 3, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby addressed speculation that the next Lambeth Conference, which is usually held every 10 years and was expected to be in 2018, might be postponed.

When asked by Gazette editor Canon Ian Ellis if he had made up his mind or was rethinking Lambeth 2018, Welby said, “I am not rethinking. I’m following through with what I said to the primates when I was installed as archbishop, which was that I would, by the end of 2014, seek to visit them all in their home country, in their own home, discuss with them the future of what it looked like and then we would collectively make up our minds where we went.”

The speculation had been fuelled by comments made in late September by U.S. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori when she told The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops that no planning or fundraising had yet taken place for a 2018 meeting. Archbishop Welby, she said, “has been very clear that he is not going to call a Lambeth [Conference] until he is reasonably certain that the vast majority of bishops would attend. It needs to be preceded by a Primates’ Meeting at which a vast majority of primates are present.” She added that, “As he continues his visits around the communion to those primates, it’s unlikely that he will call such a meeting at all until at least a year from now or probably 18 months from now. Therefore I think we are looking at 2019, more likely 2020, before a Lambeth Conference.”

Leading up to the question about the Lambeth Conference, Ellis referred to divisions within the Anglican Communion and asked Welby about what the Anglican Church in North America’s (ACNA) relationship to the Anglican Communion is.  Welby said that ACNA “is a separate church. It is not part of the Anglican Communion.” (ACNA formed in 2009 after ongoing differences with the Anglican Church of Canada over the blessing of same-sex unions in Canada and with The Episcopal Church’s appointment of a gay bishop.)

Welby noted, however, “We are committed ecumenically to reconciliation of the churches, to visible unity…That is a profound commitment, and it is one that is a profound emotional commitment for me as well as a theological commitment.”

Welby added, “ACNA is clearly an ecumenical partner. It is a fellow member of the church of Christ in the world…As with all ecumenical partners, we seek reconciliation.”

Ellis asked if the appointment of Dr. Tory Baucaum, an ACNA priest, as one of the Canterbury Six Preachers who are called on to preach at Canterbury Cathedral on various occasions, was a sign of hope for that reconciliation. Welby said, “It’s too early to say.”  He noted that Baucum “was ordained before ANCA emerged, many years before, and is validly ordained with Anglican orders…The reasons for his appointment were stated at the time. They were his commitment to reconciliation  [and] his scholarship. He is a significant scholar in his own right, a very serious writer,” said Welby.

With files from The Church of Ireland Gazette/Episcopal News Service


Anglican Journal News, October 6, 2014

Ballet tells story of residential school students

Posted on: October 6th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments


By André Forget



Written by award-winning Canadian novelist Joseph Boyden, Going Home Star includes music by Polaris Prize-winning Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq. Photo: Courtesy of Royal Winnipeg Ballet

On October 1 the Royal Winnipeg Ballet opens its 75th season with an emotionally charged dramatization of healing in the wake of Canada’s residential school system. The production, Going Home Star—Truth And Reconciliation, was written by award-winning Canadian novelist Joseph Boyden and includes music by Polaris Prize-winning Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq, Steve Wood and the Northern Cree Singers and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Going Home Star takes its title from an aboriginal name for the North Star, and follows the journey of Annie (Sophia Lee), a young First Nations woman living in the city who is disconnected from her heritage until she meets Gordon (Liang Xing), a homeless First Nations man who is struggling with the pain of his experience in a residential school. As the story unfolds, both Annie and Gordon realize that finding peace and reconciliation lies in facing the difficult realities of the past and overcoming them through a reconnection with their traditions.

André Lewis, artistic director of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, told the CBC that he commissioned the work because he believes that “Art for social change is something that is possible…For me, it’s about trying to find ways to move forward as a society. The ballet is not about trying to create a guilt trip.”

This same spirit of openness and dialogue is embodied in the artistic fabric of the production, with its nuanced mix of First Nations and European traditions. Just as Boyden’s story incorporates Western and indigenous symbols, so too does composer Christos Hatzis blend classical traditions of music with the complex power of Cree powwow drumming and Inuk throat singing.

This mix was not, however, an easy or obvious one. When approached to help turn the narratives of residential school years into a ballet, Boyden (whose novels Three Day Road, Through Black Spruce and The Orenda all explore the relationship between First Nations peoples and Europeans in Canada) expressed some initial doubts about the project.

As he confessed in an interview with CBC Radio’s Jian Ghomeshi, “I wrestled with it at first…why would we take something so traditional and then try to attach it to something very European? But then I started watching a few ballets and I started thinking, ‘My God, is this ever beautiful…why not attach a very painful experience to something that is beautiful?’ ”

The production’s message is one very much grounded in the experiences of First Nations people in Canada, and although none of the dancers are themselves First Nations people, several First Nations people have been involved in developing the production, including Boyden (who has Anishinaabe as well as Scottish and Irish heritage), associate producer and former Member of Parliament Tina Keeper (of Norway House Cree Nation) and Métis set designer KC Adams.

Moreover, while the production is being debuted by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Boyden also spoke optimistically about the possibility of having it staged by First Nations dance companies in the future.

The opening performance will be prefaced by a discussion with Truth and Reconciliation Commissioners Justice Murray Sinclair, Chief Wilton Littlechild and Marie Wilson about the work of the commission and the value of ballet as a way of bringing together residential school survivors, First Nations people and the wider Canadian public.

The Anglican Church of Canada, which  operated over 30 residential schools across Canada, has actively participated in Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) events across Canada.


Anglican Journal News, October 1, 2014

New UN document means churches can do more on indigenous rights

Posted on: September 30th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments

“Through the document, the nations of the world state that the well-being of Indigenous Peoples is essential to the well-being of the planet,” Bishop Mark MacDonald of the Anglican Church of Canada (right) said.
Photo Credit: WCC

From the World Council of Churches

Scattered throughout the recent history of Indigenous Peoples are national treaties, declarations and laws that languish in obscurity or are brushed aside and ignored.

Adding insult to injury, when many national and local churches attempt to speak out about the denial of rights of Indigenous Peoples they are told by governments that the church has no place in politics, effectively being seen but not heard.

Yet a new “outcome document” of the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples is about to turn that perspective on its head. The world’s governments are now inviting churches and other civil society groups to be seen and heard when it comes to advocating for Indigenous Peoples’ human rights.

For ecumenical representatives of indigenous faith communities who attended the UN conference, held in New York on 22 and 23 September, and other side events, the six-page outcome document is significantly lends motivation and teeth to a movement that has sought to secure the rights of Indigenous People’s around the world.

The document was agreed upon by all UN member states on Monday, 22 September, and reinforces the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), effectively turning a page where governments are concerned.

MacDonald is the first National Indigenous Anglican Bishop of Canada.

MacDonald also said that the governments agreed to a partnership with Indigenous Peoples, and the document requires the church and other members of civil society to enter into that partnership and advocate for the commitments of the document.

The document, which is essentially the governments of the world speaking to themselves, civil society and others, and to Indigenous Peoples, covers a wide swath of concerns, including ensuring  basic human rights;  consulting and cooperating with Indigenous Peoples when crucial economic decisions are made in their communities; providing improved access to education, health and work; empowerment of youth; addressing social needs; free and informed consent; and the development of national “action plans” inclusive of the needs of Indigenous Peoples.

Churches and Indigenous Peoples

“The church has a special responsibility both in light of its fundamental mission as a body but also its historic relationship with Indigenous Peoples,” MacDonald said.

“This is not only an affirmation of the declaration adopted in 2007, but it is a new commitment of the member states that they will now take intentional and systematic action,” Rev. Tore Johnsen, general secretary of the Sami Church Council in Norway, said. “At least in words they are committing themselves.”

For Johnsen and his colleagues, when the states say in the document that they encourage civil society to advocate, that means the churches need “to take an active role in promoting and protecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

“For the churches that also means taking an active role in holding the nation states accountable,” Johnsen said.

At the same time, he admits, “this can easily be cosmetic,” referring to one potential outcome of the document. But that need not be the case. “The church has a strong moral voice,” he said.

May Vargas of the Philippines, and a member of the ecumenical team, welcomed encouragement by the state for the church and other groups to be engaged. In her context, where there has been significant violence inflicted upon indigenous populations because of land resources, the church becomes a “sanctuary for the poor and the oppressed,” as some of the churches are doing there.

Both Vargas and Johnsen saw a clear role for the church to play in the situation of extractive industries, such as mining of minerals, oil and gas, and the situation of violence against Indigenous women and children.

In such direct and real situations, the group stated, with the support of churches and willingness of the governments to follow through, implementation of the document could have a positive impact.

“It is also important to say that this resonates very much with the World Council of Churches, which has in many instances lifted up the issue of indigenous rights,” Johnsen said. He suggested that the document opens the door for the WCC to pay “specific attention to Indigenous Peoples’ rights.”

WCC minute on Indigenous Peoples

UN Outcome Document from the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS), September  30, 2014

Stronger Together: Diocesan youth ministry practitioners convene in Winnipeg

Posted on: September 30th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments

On September 30 and October 1, youth ministry practitioners will convene at St. Benedict’s retreat centre outside Winnipeg for their fourth consecutive annual gathering. At ‘Stronger Together’ those who are instrumental in supporting youth ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada come together to enjoy a rare opportunity to learn from others engaged in the same kind of leadership.

The seed for Stronger Together was planted 2010. In the short years since, the small community of youth ministry practitioners across the full communion churches have embraced the opportunity to draw strength from one another at annual gatherings. The first event was held at Thetis Island, BC in 2011, followed by Cochrane, Alberta, and Ottawa before this year’s meeting in Manitoba.

Stronger Together gives attendees time for cross-pollination of ideas about their important ministries, lean on each other for support, and to nurture relationships that support the flourishing of youth ministry between their face-to-face meetings.

Laura Walton of the Youth Initiatives Team is excited for her two days at St. Benedict’s. “I am looking forward to a time of networking with both my Anglican and Lutheran counterparts,” she says, “It’s good to have the time to talk, learn, share, and laugh with those who share in a ministry that has opportunities for great things along with its struggles.”


Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, September 30, 2014